Welsh Poetry International Competition 2022


About Welsh Poetry Competition 

The first Welsh Poetry Competition was set up by poet & writer Dave Lewis in 2007.  Officially launched on St David’s Day @ Clwb-Y-Bont, Pontypridd, 2007 the aim is to encourage and foster the wealth of creative writing talent that we know exists in Wales but currently languishes in the doldrums. The aim is to inspire people to capture life in the present day and to give a voice to a new generation of poets and writers. We are not interested in purely academic types of literature but would much rather see pure raw passion burst onto the creative writing scene in Wales.

It was obvious, after our first few years, that our competition was here to stay, and with entries from as far a field as Abu Dhabi, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, China, Columbia, Corfu, Denmark, England, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Swaziland, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, USA and Vietnam as well as Wales of course, the Welsh Poetry Competition is a truly international competition, accessible to all (through the English language).

Readers should note that the competition is totally independent and financed purely by the organisers and entry fees.  We receive no grants, bursaries or monies from any of the cash-rich, publicly-funded agencies in Wales (i.e. the Arts Council of Wales, Literature Wales, Welsh Books Council, The Welsh Academy, Association for Welsh Writing in English, Wales PEN Cymru, Wales Literature Exchange, The Association for Welsh Writing in English, The Rhys Davies Trust, the Welsh book publishers, magazines, webzines, blogs etc. etc.) whatsoever.

Of course we are very much open to any of these organisations (swimming in millions of pounds as they are) offering to help us financially and would love them to get in touch.  Having said this we have still been the biggest (in terms of number of entrants and prize money on offer) poetry contest in Wales for many years.

You may notice that we’ve put some adverts on the site.  If you click some of the links and visit those sites we may get a small commission (only a few pennies unfortunately).  If you’re feeling generous and would like to support our work you can make a donation using the buttons below.  This will hopefully help towards paying for the upkeep of the contest (website domain & hosting, admin, paper, ink, printers, stationary, postage, advertising, marketing…).

Our 16th contest will offer the following prizes:

Prize money

1st Prize – £500

2nd Prize – £250

3rd Prize – £100

plus 17 runners-up, specially commended entries and publication in a future anthology.

Judge – John Evans

Closing date: Sunday 29th May 2022

Postal Entry – £6 per poem

To enter by post download an entry form:

(Word document or pdf – either is fine)

Send us the entry form, your poems and payment to the usual address – 9 The Avenue, Pontypridd, CF37 4DF

If you have difficulty downloading the above entry forms we have a basic webpage version you can also use by clicking here.

Online Entry – £6 per poem

To enter online download an entry form:

(Word document or pdf – either is fine)

Pay by PayPalemail us your poems and entry form to the usual address –


John Evans is one of Wales’ most uncompromising and original contemporary artists and writers. He began his career as a frontman and songwriter for Wales’ first punk rock band. He later went solo and signed as a singer/songwriter to the Situation 2 arm of Beggars Banquet Records. His single Sister Soul was released in 1981.

He has worked as a full-time writer, film maker and lecturer for Cardiff University and Literature Wales. He has been described as ‘the leading figure in the New Wave of Welsh writing’. He is also well known for campaigning with ‘Save The Badger’ alongside Queen legend Brian May.

John Evans work has often been described as ‘impossible to categorise’, breaking the boundaries and challenging the conventions of traditional forms.

The interest and acclaim for his work has spread quickly. Best-selling author Iain Sinclair describes him as ‘a hot and necessary item in an evidently grim landscape’, while others see him as ‘the authentic voice of the street – the death rattle of post-industrial Britain’. His work has been compared to writers like Kathy Acker, William Burroughs, Henry Rollins, and Irvine Welsh; and bands like Pere Ubu and Joy Division.

John has had a number of books published, including The Acid Real, Giants, G.B.H., Industria, How Real Is My Valley?, The Red Kite in Wales, and has been editor of a number of books and magazines including, Black Harvest, Out of the Coalhouse, Mogg Williams – Selected Works, and Kulture Vulture.

His latest book, Goshawk, is a collection of poetry on the life and habitat of the Goshawk, with illustrations by Marita Forss. Inspired by the landscape of south Wales and the many years of making films of these wonderful birds.

He is seen as a tough and controversial figure, either for his outspoken views on the arts council in Wales, for campaigns on social, cultural and environmental issues or for the confrontational nature of his work. During 2003, a poll to find the ‘greatest Welsh men and women of all time’ placed John Evans at 27 amongst the 100 names on the list, joining the likes of Dylan Thomas, Anthony Hopkins, and Catherine Zeta Jones.

And in 2011, when Swiss airline company Helvetic Airways were looking for artists to represent the various European countries on their flight route they chose John to be the ‘public face’ of Wales. They also asked him to write a guide book to Wales which is given to all passengers visiting the country and his text appeared alonside images by Magnum photographer, David Hurn.

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